The !FALcast: Wherein the gentlemen of the !FALcast—Matt, Skye, and TV's Adam—play video games and then talk about them.
Disparate interests combine and collide in a free-form discussion of topics as diverse as sound design in survival horror, ensemble casts in role-playing games, and emergent vs. crafted narrative.
This is not a place for gaming news, although news may be discussed. This is not a place where games are reviewed, although opinions may be given. This is a place where three men you probably don't know talk at great length about video games you probably do.
A Lot of Bird Stuff (is Going On)
-I rehash the plot of FF4 for some reason
-"To be a true paladin, you must not fight now!" *fights*
-This episode's hot take: After Years was bad
-The merits/demerits of random encounters
-Cosmic Star Heroine and its beautiful pacing
-Eagle Island: it's bird-themed!
-The tragic servitude of Pokemon (with a brief detour into monkey personhood)
-Matt really likes Mega Man 11
-Air Man, Crash Man, Metal Man, Bubble Man, Wood Man, Heat Man, Flash Man, Quick Man
-Skye continues to not like roguelikes/play video games
-Hardspace: Shipbreaker and watching people perform manual labor
-Darren P. vs. Darren C.
-The mundane joys of House Flipper
-Surprisingly, ASMR doesn't work on Skye
-ok then there's a weird little ASMR cul-de-sac for a while
-Left 4 Dead is basically Destiny (?)
-Matt assuages my palpable fear that he wouldn't like The Outer Wilds
-You guys I *love* The Outer Wilds (AND SO DOES MY KID!)
-Skye worries it might actually be *too* good
Ep. 38: Walking on Time
Crunch and the ends (not really) justifying the means
The delightful million-thing cleanquest of Horace
Matt the Save Piggybacker ruined rental games, possibly childhoods
Can you walk on time? (Also no)
Boy this time-walking thing sure overstays its welcome
Skye threatens to quit the podcast because of the time-walking thing because literally of course he does
Reference as game design in Evoland
The perfect medley of Retro Game Challenge
Do you know the KACHO?
Check out Skye's Last of Us 2 video and a bunch of other stuff at his YouTube channel, you see Skye this is what friends do they support each other
Ep. 37: The Normal Emotions
"Woman Stuff" is not the title of this episode
We love Overcooked!
We hate Operation Raccoon City!
(Also Games for Windows Live is haunted or something)
Experiencing the joy of failure and yelling at wheelchair-bound raccoons
Dumb pretentious nonsense about "speaking the language of video games," and it's not even Skye saying it!
Steam remote play worked! ...at the TIME
I LOVE SAYONARA WILD HEARTS
...no seriously though I really really love Sayonara Wild Hearts
Gris' beautiful representation of grief, and us forgetting how many stages of grief exist
(Also you trundle around as a stone block with a little head on top)
Let's throw a Swery game in here for good measure because why not
The open beta of West of Dead that no longer exists is cool
(West of Dead is cool)
Ep. 36: There’s a Dave
OK *now* we're gonna talk about Warsaw
The brevity of Warsaw (see?) vs. the cruelty of Darkest Dungeon
But whither base building?
Chimera Squad as XCOM Junior
What does it mean to be at full health?
The ramifications of sternum injuries
Gameplay systems: Less is more (except when less is less)
XCOM's fake accuracy percentages continue to remain fake
No seriously though get a load of these two gaslighting bastards acting like probability isn't a thing
PROBABILITY IS A THING
Ep. 35: Look at Those Friends
Wonder what Matt thinks of Death's Gambit?
Oh well, suppose we'll never know
Is potato salad a salad? (Or, failing that, a video game?)
Skye only got into the podcast game to pad his resume
He also maintains to-do lists of games instead of playing them
The incomprehensible narrative, anime oversaturation, interminable barks and overall Easy-Soulsiness of Code Vein
The Surge, on the other hand, is a Soulslike that is very much not messing around
The frictionless experience of New Game +
We ALMOST talk about Warsaw, but tune in next time, we'll try real hard not to lose the audio
Ep. 34: A Weeping Fridge
RetroAchievements.org offers a great excuse to play old games
The 7th Saga is hard to recommend but easy to love (honestly it's pretty rough going)
Jurassic World Evolution and the art of the Ungame
Guarding the gate at Silent Hill/pushing the Mushroom Kingdom back down a Brooklyn drain
Control: Brilliant with just a hint of jank
But the Threshold Kids are straight-up awesome
Returning to Black Mesa with...Black Mesa look shut up ok I'm doing my best over here it's been a long day and I've got a lot going on
Xen is new and improved and also thoroughly overstays its welcome
On the origins of Half-Life Alyx and the future (?) of the series
The economics of periphery
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